[ lap-i-dey-shuhn ]

  1. the act of throwing stones at someone as a form of punishment:Any deviation from the norm might be punished by discrimination, torture, lapidation, or death.

  2. the act of putting a person or animal to death by pelting them with stones:The stained glass near the rear of the church portrays the lapidation of St. Stephen the Martyr.

Origin of lapidation

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin lapidātiōn-, stem of lapidātiō “a stoning”; see lapidate, -ion

Words Nearby lapidation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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